Briefs

New Jersey adds 14,600 jobs as state recovers from pandemic

BY: - August 19, 2021

Nearly 18 months since the coronavirus pandemic sent unemployment rates skyrocketing and shuttered businesses for months, New Jersey has recovered 62% of jobs lost, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a monthly jobs report. The state added 14,600 jobs in July, bringing the total number of jobs added since March 2020 to 441,700, […]

Budget, abortion measures top most-lobbied bills in N.J.

BY: - August 18, 2021

Annual spending bills topped again topped the list of the state’s most-lobbied bills, but five of the 10 bills that have drawn the most attention from lobbyists this legislative session haven’t made it into law, according to analysis released by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission Wednesday. The bills are wide ranging and are […]

Married State Police detectives who lied about bar fight terminated, barred from public jobs

BY: - August 17, 2021

Two married New Jersey State Police detectives will give up their posts and be barred from future public employment after lying about their role in a North Wildwood bar fight, acting state Attorney General Andrew Bruck announced Monday. Sgt. Gregory and Sgt. Dorothy Ogden, both of Hammonton, were accepted into a pretrial intervention program, and […]

N.J Supreme Court says courts should collect jury demographic data

BY: - August 16, 2021

New Jersey’s top court ruled Monday a convicted attempted arsonist failed to prove the trial court’s primarily virtual, hybrid jury-selection process deprived him of a jury representative of his diverse community. The case represents one of the first challenges to whether a defendant can get a fair trial when the pandemic has pushed so much […]

Nonprofits sending vote-by-mail applications to 2M+ voters

BY: - August 16, 2021

New Jersey’s mostly-mail 2020 elections shattered turnout records, and two nonprofits are looking to replicate the trend in this year’s races. The Voter Participation Center and its sister organization, the Center for Voter Information, last week announced they would mail more than 2.4 million vote-by-mail applications to New Jersey voters in advance of November. The […]

U.S. House moderates won’t back Dem budget without passage of infrastructure bill

BY: - August 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nine moderate U.S. House Democrats including Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Carolyn Bourdeaux of Georgia and Jared Golden of Maine are threatening to oppose a budget resolution needed to pass a major social policy package unless a bipartisan infrastructure bill is first signed into law, according to multiple media reports. Opposition from the […]

Governor Phil Murphy speaking

Growing chorus of immigrant advocates urge Murphy to sign bill banning ICE contracts

BY: - August 11, 2021

It’s been six weeks since immigration advocacy groups began urging Gov. Phil Murphy to sign the bill on his desk banning federal immigration detention center contracts. Now, those calls are mounting — even coming from across the Hudson River — as progressive groups press the Democrat to make New Jersey the fifth state to ban […]

N.J. Supreme Court upholds decision nixing former tax assessor’s pension over $300 bribe

BY: - August 11, 2021

The New Jersey Supreme Court has upheld lower court decisions requiring a former Jersey City tax assessor to give up his pension after pleading guilty to accepting a $300 bribe. The high court found the compelled forfeiture of ex-assessor Bennie Anderson’s pension did not violate the Eighth Amendment, which bars excessive fines and cruel and […]

Police can’t secretly record phone calls, N.J.’s top court rules in win for privacy advocates

BY: - August 10, 2021

Law enforcement in New Jersey cannot secretly record telephone calls made in police stations or use any information they hear in such calls because surreptitious recordings violate constitutionally protected privacy rights, the New Jersey Supreme Court decreed in a ruling issued Tuesday. In writing the unanimous decision, Justice Barry T. Albin said a police station […]

Murphy: Decision on school vaccine mandate to come before end of August

BY: - August 10, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy expects to issue guidance on immunization requirements in schools before the end of August, he said at a press briefing Monday. “My guess is in the next two or three weeks, we’ll have something that we’ll be able to put out there,” Murphy said, adding his administration is working on the issue. […]

N.J. cops can’t share immigration info with feds, appeals court decides

BY: - August 10, 2021

New Jersey’s Immigrant Trust Directive, an order restricting authorities from sharing immigration information with federal officials, has been upheld by a federal appeals court, ending a legal battle between the state and two counties. The three-judge panel rejected the counties’ arguments that federal law pre-empts New Jersey from implementing the directive, which immigrant advocates say has […]

Affordable housing key for N.J. to prevent homelessness spike, official says

BY: - August 9, 2021

With some experts predicting the pandemic could increase homelessness nationally worse than the Great Recession did in 2008, the head of New Jersey’s Office of Homelessness Prevention says the state must create more affordable housing to keep people off streets here. “Housing is health care. We have to create a pipeline of affordable housing, because […]